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Almost Interesting by [Spade, David]
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A hilarious and biting memoir from the actor, comedian and Saturday Night Live alumni David Spade.

David Spade is best known for his harsh “Hollywood” Minute Sketches on SNL, his starring roles in movies like Joe Dirt and Tommy Boy,  and his seven-year stint as Dennis Finch on the series Just Shoot Me. Now, with a wit as dry as the weather in his home state of Arizona, the “comic brat extraordinaire” tells his story in Almost Interesting.

First Taking fans back to his childhood as a wannabe cool younger brother and recounting his excruciating road-tour to fame—when he was regularly mistaken for a ten year-old, Spade then dishes about his time crisscrossing the country as a comedian, for low-paying gigs and dragging along his mother’s old suitcase full of props. He also covers his years on SNL during the beloved Rock/Sandler/Farley era of the 1990s, including his close working relationship and friendship with Chris Farley and brags about the ridiculous perks that fame has brought into his life, including the constant fear of being fired, a crazy ex-assistant who attacked him while he was sleeping, a run-in with Eddie Murphy on the mean streets of Beverly Hills, and of course an endless supply of hot chicks.  

Sometimes dirty, always funny, and as sharp as a tack, Almost Interesting reminds you why David Spade is one of our generation’s favorite funny guys.

From the Back Cover

Books are a lot harder to write than Twitter posts.

@davidspade (free plug)

David Spade is Almost Interesting

This is my memoir . . . . It’s me telling you about my fake problems in life and a few real ones. It’s a book about comedy, and how I came up from the dusty roads of Arizona with my OP shorts and my blond fluffy hair, to the mean streets of Beverly Hills, with nothing but a few props in my mom’s old honeymoon suitcase and a couple of dry jokes.

These are the stories I tell my friends at dinner when I’m drunk, and they dart their eyes around hoping a waiter will interrupt me. 

Me blabbering on about how I lost my virginity, how I got into stand-up, meeting Johnny Carson, making Tommy Boy with Farlz, and getting beat up while wearing a Coneheads T-shirt. Sound stupid? Maybe! Read and find out.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3500 KB
  • Print Length: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Dey Street Books; Reprint edition (Oct. 27 2015)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,967 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Meh, started out ok, enjoyed reading how he rose up the ranks, some interesting tidbits along the way. I went in liking David Spade ... BUT, at some point it became obvious that he was either trying too hard or he really was the shallow "Peter Pan" he makes himself out to be. It became icky when you realized all this "dick/chick" talk was coming from a man in his 50’s.... Ewwwww.
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As usual David Spade takes his less than ordinary life and makes me laugh. With his sweet childish sarcasm and frat boy wit, Spade takes you on his hilarious journey through his life.
Right on Donkey Kong! Come back to Toronto and sign my kindle book!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x98e17648) out of 5 stars 233 reviews
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98717264) out of 5 stars Good read despite an unwelcome left turn. Nov. 4 2015
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This was a funny and casually well-written book, a good read But it's a little frustrating because it abandons the "narrative," if you will, without finishing it. The first 2/3 of the book deal with Spade's upbringing, his grind through the comedy club scene, and his slow climb from SNL writer to SNL performer. Even though it's written with a light touch, that stuff is all pretty compelling. But it drops that thread after he's made it as an SNL cast member. It doesn't tell the story of what prompted him to leave SNL, or his movie career (except for Tommy Boy), or his experience on sitcoms. Instead, the last 1/3 of the book morphs into more of a George Carlin "Brain Droppings" type thing -- little observational essays on miscellaneous topics ranging from doing cocaine to his thoughts on dating tricks that women pull. I would have been really interested to hear why he made the jump from SNL when he did (given how hard his climb there was) and whether he's happy or not with his sitcom and movie work. The guy writes so well and so honestly about his career that I certainly could have read a lot more of it. But still, this is an entertaining read and I'd recommend it for anyone who likes a fun, self-aware memoir.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98da6300) out of 5 stars Hilarious novel, great for SNL/Spade fans Nov. 2 2015
By Beauty_Junkie - Published on
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Growing up loving/idolizing Farley, Spade, Sandler, and Rock on SNL, I knew I had to read this book. If you're like me and can recite Tommy Boy, line-by-line, this book's for you. Spade's sense of humor translates very well (no ghostwriter, just Spade). If you're not a fan of his dry, somewhat silly, sense of humor, this book isn't for you as much of its charm is how Spade manages to deliver his trademark humor throughout. I loved hearing about his years on SNL, and the inner-workings of that machine, including the intense schedules, politics with guest hosts and cast members and writers, etc. The majority of the book is his early life growing up in Arizona, starting in stand-up comedy, getting his start in LA, and SNL. It's almost like this is part one because so much is seemingly left out. While I loved the Chris Farley/Tommy Boy/Black Sheep chapters (check out the book, The Chris Farley Show, if you want an excellent read), I knew he wouldn't get too deep into that. Spade was deeply affected by Chris's death and I respect that he wants to keep private moments private. Also, it would have brought the book down too much to dwell. I was very surprised there weren't any chapters devoted to his tv shows like 8 Simple Rules..., Just Shoot Me, or Rules of Engagement. I also wanted to know more about his daughter. Other than a brief mention in the acknowledgements, there was nothing. We hear about how he loses his virginity, does too much coke (such a randomly-placed chapter, by the way), Twitter and Instagram shenanigans, and dating how-to's, yet no mention of her. There aren't any great revelations made, though he's lived a very colorful life and worked hard to obtain his level of fame. I found myself laughing out loud several times. Check out this book for a good laugh and several good stories, including the "deets" on the infamous Eddie Murphy "sitch".
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9890ad08) out of 5 stars I enjoyed the early chapters and stories about SNL/Tommy Boy and ... Oct. 31 2015
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As a huge David Spade fan, I enjoyed the early chapters and stories about SNL/Tommy Boy and Chris Farley, but feel Spade petered out way too soon. Maybe he ran out of diary pages. I loved two of his TV shows Don't Shoot Me and Rules of Engagement (forget about 8 Simple Rules) and there was ZERO coverage. His memoir ends after the infamous Skippy Attack in 2000. Pretty lame to leave out the last 15 years, huh? Spade seems pretty funny in stand up, as I've seen on cable, but he must be running out of movie and tv roles and decided to cash in on some quick money through publication. Disappointing, to say the least. I'd wait for the library edition.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98aa53b0) out of 5 stars Almost Interesting. As Promised. Nov. 19 2015
By AliciaMarie - Published on
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I am a total Saturday Night Live fan, so I was very excited to learn that David Spade was writing a memoir. After seeing him promote his book a couple times on morning news shows, I was even more excited to hear that he, himself, would be the narrator for the audio version. "Almost Interesting:The Memoir" is David Spade's retelling of his early life,his time on SNL, and the friendships he made with other SNL cast members.

This memoir starts at the beginning. Spade explains his life as a child. From his father leaving, growing up poor but not realizing how poor they are, being bullied at school for being so small and short, life with his stepfather, and even his quest for girls. Of course, it's all told in his sarcastic, smart-ass, no nonsense tone of voice which makes it even more hilarious. I really do feel like autobiographies and memoirs should always be listened to if the audio version is by the subject themselves. It just adds so much more to the experience.

We are then told about his early days of trying to break into the comedy scene. He tells of his time on SNL and how he watched his friends rise to stardom while feeling like he wasn't getting the same caliber of recognition. We do hear stories about Chris Farley and his movie making time during Tommy Boy. Spade always seems honest and willing to address most rumors.

Then the story kind of fizzles out. He doesn't really get into his years after SNL on sitcoms, which was surprising since he confessed that sitcoms were his goal when first getting into comedy. The book ends with the infamous "Skippy Attack", but has absolutely no mention of the last 15 years of his life.

I would have loved to hear about why he chose to leave SNL, his struggles landing roles on sitcoms, and of course what he has been up to since 2000. This book was interesting... almost interesting. Funny stories about the past but I wish he also talked about his present life.

I give 4 stars for the first 2/3 of the book and 2 stars for the last 1/3, which I will average to a 3 star rating.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98c77f90) out of 5 stars Quick read (or listen) and very funny Nov. 1 2015
By Kevin C. Maki - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Quick read (or listen) and very funny. I listened to the audiobook, which I am guessing adds an additional element to the humor due to Spade's pro comedic delivery. Interesting behind-the-scenes SNL stuff, but even more weird and funny stories about the author's real life. The one about his first sexual experience made me spit out my drink with laughter. I always reflect on whether I like a celebrity more or less after reading a memoir. In this case, I was left liking David Spade more than I did previously.